Musical Inspiration
Name Areas of Responsibility
Melissa Brown Writer-, Webographer
Steven Burnett Writer-Introduction, Wiki Editor, Proof-reader
Joshua Chavin Writer, Multimedia Specialist - Israel Section
Amanda Gerecs Writer-Asian Section, Copy Editor
Daniel Orris Project Manager, Writer- Conclusion
Alexandra Prestia Writer-North African Section
Sara Shippy Project Manager, Writer- South American Section
Kelly-Anne Stagi Writer-North American Section
John Turner Writer-Australian Section
Kelsey Zyndorf Writer-North American Section

Introduction to Musical Inspiration- Steven Burnett

II. North American Section
A. Featured musical artist: Lady Gaga (NY, NY) by Kelly-Anne Stagi
B. Featured Musical Artist: Katy Perry by Kelsey Zyndorf

III. South American Section
A. Featured Musical Artist: Shakira (Columbia) by Sara Shippy

IV. African Section
A. Morocco (Arab)
1. Featured Musical Artist: Abdelhadi Belkhayat
2. Fairouz (Egypt)
by Alexandra Prestia

V. Australian Section
A. Featured Musical Artist: Aboriginal Music and AC/DC by John Turner

VI. European Section
A. by Melissa Brown

VII. Asian Section
A. Israel- Featured artists: Hadag Nachash and Subliminal
1. __ by Joshua Chavin
B. Asian Pop Music
by Amanda Gerecs

VIII. Conclusion by Dan Orris

IX. Bibliography by Melissa Brown


Throughout the world, music is expressed through many distinct styles. Genres are developed in different parts of the world but become mainstream through adaptations, marketing and in some cases, the pure talent of the artists is undeniable. What is common, in all respects, is the intention of conveying a message through the sounds produced through music. We have seen throughout this class in the textbook and in the global hit assignments that artists are able to pull inspiration from many sources. Whether the message be relaxation, joy, worship, a political message, a call to war, music serves the purpose of its creator.

Artists are strongly influenced by other genres of music, other artists, their religious beliefs and many other sources. Inspiration can be on a single song basis, an album basis, or can be seen throughout the career of a musician. An interesting aspect of musical influence is how artists draw on their inspiration worldwide. Will artists from different parts of the world draw inspiration from the same sources? What we are going to look at in this project is the different influences of artists worldwide. We have selected several performers from different parts of the world and have delved deeper into what motivates them to produce their music. We are going to explore Asian music with an emphasis on the Korean pop group, The Wonder Girls and also visit the Israeli groups Subliminal and Hadag Nachash. After traveling through Asia, we will visit Europe and the style and inspiration of a diverse continent. Next, crossing the big pond, we will be introduced to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry in the Americas. Along the way, we hope you discover the artists we have highlighted and learn that musical inspiration can come from many different sources.

Kelly-Anne Stagi - North America - Lady Gaga lady_gaga.jpg

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga was born in New York City on March 28, 1986. The five-time Grammy award winner learned from the start that if she wants something in life she has to work for it, which she credits to being born into a lower-class family.

Lady Gaga’s musical career first started at the young age of four years old when she learned to play the piano. She went on to write her first piano ballad by age 13 and started performing at open mike nights by 14. At age 17, Gaga was granted early admission to New York University where she studied music and improved her songwriting kills. By the second semester of sophomore year, she felt as if she was more creative than her classmates and withdrew from school to further pursue her musical career. Gaga quotes “I left my entire family, got the cheapest apartment I could find, and ate shit until somebody would listen”.

Lady Gaga, one of the most controversial artists in this day and age found her main musical inspiration from glam rock artists such as David Bowie and Queen. In fact, the Queen song “Radio Ga Ga” is what inspired her to make her stage name “Lady Gaga”. “I always locked rock and pop and theater. When I discovered Queen and David Bowie is when it really came together for me and I realized I could do all three,” Says Gaga. (Ladygagabio) Lady Gaga also notes that her favorite album of all time is either Abbey Road by the Beatles or No Doubt’s “Tragic Kingdom”. Gaga claims that she finds most of her inspiration to write from listening to old records as well as mainstream. Most notably compared to Madonna, Gaga says that she has never tried to hide her admiration for Madonna but she is in no way trying to copy her. "I don't want to sound presumptuous, but I've made it my goal to revolutionize pop music. The last revolution was launched by Madonna 25 years ago."

There is no possibly way to write a paper on Lady Gaga and not talk about her interesting sense of fashion. She has said that she finds fashion to be a major influence in her writings as well. Always trying to see the big picture of the song and figure out what she would want to wear on stage while performing it. Lady Gaga says notes fashion as much of influence as other musicians, often going on you tube, watching old films and trying to obtain that futuristic look.

Lady Gaga, Aka the artist who went as an egg in incubation to an award show, seems to find her inspiration from a combination of her favorite musicians and artist through out time. In fact, if given the chance, Gaga says that she would have loved to record a song with Elvis; not knowing what it would sound like but it would be “hot”. One thing is for sure, Gaga has definitely proved that she is here and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.


Lady Gaga-Born This Way

Kelsey Zyndorf - North America - Katy Perry katy_perry11.jpg

When it comes to musicians they all are unique in their own ways. Finding inspiration to pursue a career in music comes differently to all musicians. A huge and rising pop icon in North America today is Katy Perry. Originally born Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson, Katy was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California (Wikipedia). Many people would be surprised to hear that Katy grew up in a strict household with Christian pastor parents (Wikipedia). She began singing because her older sister would sing at church and she wanted to be just like her (Wikipedia). So growing up listening to only Christian gospel music and performing at church inspired her musical career at a young age (Squidoo).

At about age nine it was clear to her parents she had vocal talent and decided it would be best to get her a vocal coach (Squidoo). From age nine all the way to her freshman year of high school she continued to sing at church and learned how to play the guitar (Squidoo). As she entered her teen years, she got a small taste of musical inspiration outside the church. A friend had her listen to Queen once and that continues to be one of her favorite groups (Biography). Being so focused on her music career, Katy decided high school was not for her and got her GED her freshman year (Squidoo). Her first album inspiration came from her musical roots and was a Christian album. Unfortunately Katy did not have a good start in the music industry and that album did not do well. She then decided to find inspiration in other directions (Squidoo).

In 2007 she ended up signing on with Capitol Records and got her stage name, Katy Perry. Joining with Capitol Records she decided to go more “mainstream” with this album (WRCH Radio). According to WRCH Radio, “Perry’s musical influences include Alanis Morissette, pop rockers Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Shirely Manson, and Freddie Mercury.” One of the main artists on that list that Katy looked up to was Alanis Morissette. After Katy saw a show on VH1 talking about Morissette, Katy found great influence from the CD titled “Jagged Little Pill,” (Wikipedia). Being a fan of Alanis Morissette ended up being a good thing because her then producer, Glen Ballard, was the producer of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” album (Wikipedia).

When it comes to finding inspiration outside of listening to music, Katy best finds it from her life experiences (Wikipedia). Many life experiences in her recent songs have come from different men and relationships she has been in. Katy Perry likes to write about these experiences because even though some did not turn out with a happy ending she always learned from them. When it comes to her fashion inspiration, it sometimes coincides with her music. Depending on the song and what it means to her, whether it is more upbeat and fun or more of a serious subject can change her fashion inspiration (Wikipedia). So while her inspirational roots stem from Christian gospel music, she later on found inspiration in more secular music. The combination of all her life experiences and musical experiences helped to make her music and her as an artist a huge success.


Katy Perry- Teenage Dream


Amanda Gerecs - Asian Pop Music

The world of pop music is a fairly new concept in major Asian Countries such as China, Japan, and Korea. This genre of music has gone through many transitions over the past couple of decades due to heavy governmental influence. There is a very strong bond between political and musical development in these countries. However, as the constraints on artistic expression began to diminish, the more prevalent western influence in music and culture began to surface. Hence, creating a new genre of music in these Asian countries.
These days, it is not uncommon to listen to an array of music in once politically dominated countries such as China. However, the country has over come many governmental restraints in order to be able to enjoy pop music. The arts began to flourish in China when less constrained policies where brought into play by Deng Xiaoping, there new leader, in the 80’s (Bakan). He allowed an influx of mass media entertainment into China from places such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the West (Bakan). This allowed for the Pop Culture to blossom in China and it also bridged a relationship between other Asian Cultures.
As the world of the arts became more open and less constrained, a more accepting outlook on Western music began to develop. In the late 80’s a group of American’s promoted pop music like Michael Jackson and other famous pop music at the time in China (Southerland). Although a lot of the music brought forth was censored or rejected, I do feel like this has also had a heavy impact in modern day Asian Pop music. Also because of the new relationships built through the mass media entertainment world in China, the Western style pop music had a chance to reach other Asian countries.
It is very clear that Asian Pop Artists are heavily inspired by our pop culture. There is a lot of focus put on their personal lives, mirroring our cultures fascination with celebrities and fame. An article put out by China Daily, “80 per cent of most reports or TV and radio music programs have nothing to do with music, but the singers' personal lives”. I do feel though they are a bit more infatuated with the glamorization and sensationalism of fame and not as much efforts are stressed in their musical works. A lot of this probably has to do with the fact that they need stricter piracy laws (China Daily). The countries laws on intellectual property do not really abide by a certain standard which then leads to some of these pop artists to gain recognition through their personal lives.
Overall, I would say that Asian Pop musicians are highly inspired by Western pop Music. There government has played a very large role in the transitioning of what is accepted in the Chinese culture. Once they began to loosen their restraints on musical expression and became more accepting of Western music, Pop music slowly started to become a large part of their culture.


"The Wonder Girls" on Myspace
-The Wonder Girls are a South Korean Pop girl group. They are heavily inspired by Western Culture


Chinese Pop Music Blog
-A blog all about Chinese Pop Music and its History.


The Wonder Girls - Nobody Music Video

Sara Shippy- South American Pop Music: Shakira

Music from all nations and cultures are different. However, despite all the differences in each genre of music, there is one thing that remains similar; the ability to inspire those who listen to the music. Music can evoke tremendous amounts of emotion and inspire people on all different levels. Not only is music inspiring to those who listen to it, but in order to make music, the artists who write and compose it must have inspiration as well. Where do musical artists get their inspiration from to write and compose the songs that regularly inspire the fans who listen to it? The answer is different for all musicians. There is something particular to each musical artist that drives them to pursue and commit to a life in the music industry.
South America has produced many well-known pop artists who began their career by producing Latin-based music. One solo musical artist in particular is Shakira; a global superstar. Born in Barranquilla, Columbia, on February 2nd, 1977, to a mother who was Columbian and a father who was Lebanese, Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll began her journey as a South American pop phenomenon at the age of eight when she began writing her own songs. Her music greatly displays her Latino and Aerobic heritage; the blending of the two forms has become her signature sound and the main drive for her inspiration.
By the age of thirteen, Shakira signed her first record deal. However, that album, along with her second one, did not do well in the least. For her third album, she decided to get involved in every aspect in its production. This album, released in 1996, sold more than three million copies. Her fourth album, released in 1998, did even better and reached the top of the Billboard Latin Charts.
Although Shakira was very excited and proud of her success in the Latin music world, she desperately wanted to make it in the United States with her music. Inspired by this ambition, she and her family made the move to Miami, Florida. Her inspiration to reach the U.S. Billboard Pop Charts was so intense; she made the effort to teach herself to write songs in English. In 2001, Shakira’s very first English-language album, “Laundry Service”, sold over 200,000 copies the first week it was released and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Charts. This provided her with the fame and success she longed for. Then again in 2005, Shakira reached the top of the Billboard Charts for two different albums, Spanish-based “Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1” and English-based “Oral Fixation, Vol. 2”. The album “Fijacion Oral, Vol. 1” won Shakira a Grammy Award for Best Latin/Rock Alternative Album.
The inspiration for Shakira to write and produce more chart-topping albums continued in 2009 with her studio album “She Wolf”. This particular album made it to No. 15 on the Billboard Charts and then reached platinum the following year in 2010.
What is truly behind the music of Shakira that inspires her to keep the motivation and continually produce hits that her fans cherish? The love for her home, Columbia, South America… Shakira has taken the tremendous success she has achieved through her music and the passion she has for her roots in Columbia and made efforts to make as much of a difference for the world as possible. She displayed a prime example of this when she received her Grammy and dedicated it to "that country that is going through difficult times right now but that never, never forgets how to smile. This is for you, Colombia." In the midst of the start of her rising career, Shakira took her inspiration to an entirely new level by founding the charity Pies Descalzos Foundation in 1997 for poor and displaced children in Columbia. The charity did so well that Shakira was recognized and honored by the United Nations in 2006 for her work. The extent to Shakira’s inspiration and passion is beyond words. She has made not only a difference through her inspiration with her music, yet also in worldly matters. She is a Columbian native at heart, a United States pop-sensation, and an international superstar.


Magia (June 14th, 1991)
Peligro (March 25th, 1995)
Pies Descalzos (April 22nd, 1996)
¿Dónde Están Los Landrones? (September 29th, 1998)
Laundry Service (November 13th, 2001)
Fajacion Oral Vol. 1 (June 7th, 2005)
Oral Fixation Vol. 2 (November 28th, 2005)
She Wolf (November 23rd, 2009)
Sal El Sol/The Sun Comes Out (October 14th, 2010)


A timeline/biography explaining Shakira's journey from Latin-based music to international stardom.


Shakira- Loca ft. El Cata

Alexandra Prestia- Arab (North Africa)

Arab music is music of the Arab world; countries such as Morocco, Lebanon, Egypt, etc. Like any other genre of music, Arab music has a wide range from classical to pop, but all encompass history, instruments, philosophies, attitudes and social contexts within the Arab World. The Arab religion of Islam is a lot of the times promoted in music as well. Also, many instruments used in Arab music are now heard in many other genres of music today. Many of these instruments are relatives of the violin or guitar, but when put into this context gives a completely different feel and sound.
Abdelhadi Belkhayat is an Arab classical singer. His music promotes Islam and the Arab way of life. He was born in 1940 in Fez, Morocco and he settled in Casablanca very early on. He made his way quickly on the radio and over to Egypt, but even after three years, the Egyptian public did not fully accept his music, and it is said that the Egyptian people regret not keeping him. A group of Moroccans took pride in him and he quickly became a star in Tunisia and Algeria. He did many collaborations with writers like Ahmed Tayeb Elalj, Abderrafii Jaouahiri and composer Abdeslam Amer who popularized his classical side while providing a chic and romantic as well. “El Qamar el Ahmar”, “Fi Qalbi Jarh q'dim” and “Aouni nensak” are classics and are now part of the collective heritage of Morocco. Belkhayat’s voice has the advantage of adapting to different musical genres. His success continued until the late '80s where he began a period of devoting himself exclusively to Koranic chants. He retired in Casablanca in a mosque as the imam, or leader for a few years. His fans, meanwhile, continue to repeat the refrain of his “qitar El Hayat”, his last real success, considering it as the last Moroccan living myth.
On the opposite end, we have Arab pop music and famous Lebanese artist Fairouz. Fairouz’s music is very upbeat, while still providing the Arab sound and feel. Fairouz was born as Nouhad Wadi Haddad on November 21, 1935. She began her musical career as a chorus member at the Lebanese Radio Station. In the late 1950s her talent was really discovered. Fairouz’s early songs featured the singer's distinct vocal timbre and lyrics expressing romantic love and nostalgia for village life. They meshed with a delicate orchestral blend in which certain Arab instruments figured prominently and also incorporated European instruments and European popular dance rhythms. She also sometimes sung Arab folk tunes. By the late 1960’s she was not only a celebrity in Lebanon, but throughout the Arab world. She was in many musical plays and a few films, which broadened her audience to Europe and the Americas. For much of her career, Fairouz was part of a three member team with the two Rahbani brothers, who played a big part of her musical genius and success, and they now compose for her son. She made her final musical performance in 1988 and is now a major producer.
Fairouz and Abdelhadi Belkhayat are two examples of true Arab music. Although they are both retired, they helped broaden the audience of Arab music and you can now hear its influence around the world today. In a world with such strict social structures, Fairouz and Abdelhadi Belkhayat found a way to bring all Arabs together and give them something great to show the rest of the world.

• Is'har
• Aghani El Milad
• Al Aghani Al Khalida
• Al Jomaa Al Hazina
• Al Iswara
• Al Quds Fil Bal
• Ila Assi
• Ana Wu Sehraneh
• Anashid
• Andalosiyat
• Blail Wu Shiti
• Taratil Al Milad
• Toghanni Zaki Nasif
• Toghanni Filmon Wahbi
• Dabkat
• Dabkat (2)
• Rajioun
• Safar Barlik / Bint El Hares
• Safirat Al Arab
• Sahra
• Sahret Hob
• Shatt Iskenderyyah
• Fairuz in Beiteddin 2000
• Qasaed
• Qasidet Hob
• Fi Royal Festival Hall
• Fairuz
• Fairuz Fil Olympia
• Kifak Inta
• Libnan El Haqiqi Jayei
• Mish Kayen Haik T'koun
• Mishwar
• Marefti Fik
• Maakom
• Mehrajanat Maarad Demashq Al Daoli 1960
• Nokhba Men Ajmal Al Aghani
• Hmoum El Hob
• Wal Thekrayat
• Wahdon
• Wala Kif
• Ya Tara Nsina
• Ya Rayeh
• Yesed Sabahak

Afropop Worldwide- “Making Music in the Arab World”
Explains the culture and making of music in the Arab world.

Fairouz- “Sa'altak Habibi”

John Turner - Australia: Aboriginal Music and AC/DC


Australia’s musical history contains the century old Aboriginal music, as well as more recent western influenced music. Australia has had a rich history in regards to music. Australia has been home to several interesting artists and genres ranging from the opera and country to folk and electronic music. However, Australia is most renowned for its indigenous music and for its production of several successful Australian rock artists. All types of music in Australia are related to both its cultural and political history. The Aborigines, the indigenous people of Australia, developed an interesting style of music. Aboriginal music centers around the unique instrument known as the didgeridoo. The didgeridoo is an aerophone with a distinct shape and droning sound. Both the shape and sound of the didgeridoo in Aboriginal music have become a symbol of Australian indigenous music. The music has several cultural implications in both village life and village ceremonies. The use of the didgeridoo has also been used in both movies and popular culture as a representation of indigenous people and their music, as well as a symbol of Australia as a whole.

Australia is most famous worldwide for producing several successful artists in the rock genre. Australian rock is often referred to as Oz rock. Oz rock generally has influences in the genres of rock started in both America and England. In this way, Australian rock has a distinct western feel to it. Australia has had several artists become famous throughout the world. One of the most famous products of Australia is the Australian rock band AC/DC. AC/DC was originally founded in 1973 in Sidney based around the brothers Angus and Malcolm Young both playing guitar. Ten months after forming the band brought in Bon Scott as the vocalist. Interestingly, both Scott and the Young Brothers were born in Scotland and immigrated to Australia as children. This symbolically reflects the entire genre of Australian rock. Thus, the culture of rock was brought over and changed slightly by the influence of growing up in Australia, creating a separate style of Australian rock. Furthermore, Australian music is definitely influenced by the setting growing up in Australia creates. One key component of AC/DC, and many Australian Rock groups in general, has been the style and quality of their live performances. AC/DC is known for having Angus Young dress up in a school boy outfit, while running and jumping around the stage during the performance. Furthermore, they are known for both the volume and energy of their live shows. Australian rock seems to have cultivated a sense of energy, loudness, and freedom during their live performances. This style and performances AC/DC and several other Australian rock bands developed was responsible for influencing and laying down the foundation for several future genres and sub-genres in rock music.

All in all, Australia’s musical history, much like its national history, is an interesting blend of indigenous and western cultures. The indigenous Aboriginal music pays respect to both the culture and lifestyle of the Aboriginal people. Australian rock is able combine these western roots with the influence of growing up in Australia to create a distinct style. This combination of western roots and the Australian lifestyle parallels the immigration that many Australian’s and their ancestors took coming from the west to a new country. In this way, Australia’s musical history reflects and interacts with its national history.




USA Today AC/DC Article


AC/DC - Highway to Hell Music Video

Aboriginal Artist Jeremy Donovan - Didgeridoo


Berndt, Ronald, and Phillips, E.S. The Australian Aboriginal Heritage. New York: Ure Smith, 1973.

Stenning, Paul. AC/DC: Two Sides to Every Glory: The Complete Biography. New York: Chrome Dreams, 2007.

Melissa Brown - Europe

Along with the idea that Europe is where Western classical music comes from and where the most well-known pop stars in the music industry originates, it is also a continent where culture has a large variety and ethnic traditions have been around for generations. Genres such as Flamenco, Polka, and even rembetika are what cause this country to be a national music force. By looking at traditional music in Europe, one can tell that this place is full of diversity that can blow any foreigner’s mind away. For instance, the Gealic music in Ireland as discussed in Chapter 9 is the complete opposite to Basque music in Spain and France. Gaelic music is referred to as the folk music of the Scottish Highlands where Basque music is commonly known as Basque County’s product of the geographical location as well as historic advancement. European music genres also can stretch from the Mediterranean to the Baltic Sea. From here, it is evident that there are a wide variety of European music styles to consider.
European music is symbolical of the entire society. There is normally a different style within each region or each town/village in order to create its very own distinct sound. This can be common in places such as Rome, Spain, Ireland, and France where musicians hardly share the exact tune as the other musicians in their area. However, not only has European Traditional music reached out to large crowds and a plethora amount of ethnic groups, it has also had an extremely strong impact on the development in regards to Classical Music and Opera. Classical music was rooted in Western liturgical music but is greatly distinguished with European music and similar popular forms. Opera music, on the other hand, is a form of music where singers perform dramatic pieces as they combine a story and musical score. This was much known in the 19th century because composers were looking for some sort of inspiration which caused traditional music cultures of Europe to diminish quicker. This piece of information was quite intriguing because I was not aware that classical music intertwined with European music generally. Of course most of the composers are originally from Europe, but when I think of music from Europe I think of more “cultural” types of music.
Europe made a complete turn-around and reached out to more of an audience as time progressed. Later on during the 20th century, the old colonies from Europe gradually began having their independence so at the same time different styles of music were discovered. Jamaica, for instance, was once an English colony. Reggae was founded in this country and traveled beyond the West Indian communities. There were many other forms of music that have come from other countries but still are in affiliation with Europe, which is technically considered as European music as some are aware of.
While learning more about this form of music via online text and textbooks, one can now acknowledge what European music sounds like and how it differs from others such as Asian Pop, African dance, and many more. A majority of the European music that we learned came from Ireland. Introductory videos were watched, musical instruments were characterized, maps were shown, and we also went in depth with the Irish music in context. Ireland has been a very important part of rock and music from the 1970s but there is much more to it. Thus, we also learned a great deal about the Neo-Traditional Irish music and the Irish music revival as well as the Post Traditional World of Irish Music.


Ever since the late 1980s, this Irish group has brought style to Gaelic language songs as well as instruments nationally.
This thrilling group from Spain is influenced by Basque, Spanish and even Celtic styles.


European Music Council
Provides insight for those interested in becoming a part of this council and affecting the music around them in regards to Europe


Bob Marley's "Is This Love" single from the British Colony of Jamaica

Joshua Chavin - Asian Hip-Hop Music


One of the most amazing and interesting facets of music is that it has the ability to elicit certain emotional responses. These emotions in turn cause one to be inspired by the beauty and majesty of the music that one hears. The country of Israel sticks out because of its rich cultural roots and range of musical styles. The music of Israel has been shaped by many factors ranging from religion to government. Israeli music ranges from Pop, Rock, Jazz, and even Rap and Hip-hop.
The hip-hop scene in Israeli really began to gain momentum in the 90’s. Israeli hip-hop artists have many of the same underlying themes in their music as American artists, but Israeli hip- hop artists tend to deal with situations that are directly dealing with the state of Israeli. These themes range from religion and spiritually, situations that are affecting Israel, and politics. The Hip-hop artists of Israel use these themes to inspire the youth of Israel and to motivate them as well.
One of the major influences of Israeli hip-hop is the United States of America. The incorporation of English and its slang derivates into the Hebrew songs is a major example of how The USA is a major influence. Also the Israeli Rappers and Hip-hop artists wear the clothing worn by the Hip-hop artists of the United States as well. Most of Hip-hop artists in Israel are strong supports of the Zionist movement. This is the movement that supports and strengths Israel as a Jewish state.
There are several very famous hip-hop artists that have become quite famous in Israel and are even are gaining some attention over seas. These two bands are Hadag Nachash and Subliminal. Subliminal is a Tel-Aviv based Hip-hop/rap band that formed in 1995. This is a very prominent hip-hop artist that is extremely political in motivation. First of all, this band takes different direction then most hip-hop performers. They do not have this bad boy image that is predominate in many United States Rap and Hip-hop outfits. There music supports the mandatory army service in Israel. Their lyrics also tell the Israeli youth abstain from things like excess drinking and smoking. This artist has used music to inspire the youth of Israel to be proud of their country and to stand together in a unified manner.
The other band is Hadag Nachash. This is a very established Israeli Hip-hop band that has released 6 albums to date. Hadag Nachash is based in the Jerusalem. This band blends stylistic elements of Funk, Pop, and Hip-Hop. This band has similarities to Subliminal, but has slightly different themes associated with its music. The band still has a very political aspect to it, but it focuses greatly on the peace, equality, and tolerance.
These bands and many more use their music to inspire the people of Israel and send the powerful messages of unity and belief in the state Israel. Their use of Hip-hop to reach out and touch the lives of the young Israeli people is one of the most beautiful and powerful expressions of music in today’s society. Both Hadag Nachash and Subliminal show that musical inspiration can be found in any form and in any place.


Hadag Nachash



USATODAY: Article on Israeli Hip-Hop


Subliminal - Halfinali(Hebrew Rap)

Hadag Nachash- California


Regev, Motti, and Edwin Seroussi. Popular Music and National Culture in Israel. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 2004. Print.

Daniel Orris - Conclusion


Music is vast and dynamic, different and unique. There are many types and many different sounds, but they all come from some sort of inspiration. There can be similar patterns found in music that is from the same region, but music can be extremely different from region to region. The phenomenon that music from different geographic regions can differ so greatly is easy to see when you look at artists from around the world. Their music is going to have some similarities; after all it is music, so it will have certain basic characteristics such as a time signature or BPM to a rhythm, or a key or clef. These similarities will be drowned out though with the undeniable differences that music from different geographic regions have. It may start with the instruments used because that will cause it to sound unique right off the bat, but really music comes from an inspiration, a feeling, an idea. This is where music gets its’ variety, people from around the world get completely different inspirations to write the music that they do. The fact that lifestyles, religious views and family ideals can differ so much from country to country, culture to culture, the music will to. In times of war songs are written about peace, in times of sorrow songs are written of hope, inspiration drives us to express our passion in the ways we know, and music is a great outlet for that. Contrasting regions are experiencing completely different things at the same time around the world; this will have a direct impact on the feelings and motivations of the people of that region. Music can be used to look into a culture and directly correlate it to what is going on at that time for this music to have been written. Also music can be attached to a culture entirely, it in a way defines a part of their culture. In either case the diversity that lies in the music will be correlated to the diversity between cultures around the world. In today’s day and age the inspiration to create music could be the drive to attain money or fame. This will cause the sound of that music to be much different than what would heard in a part of the world where they are singing songs of freedom in a time of sorrow. It is for a different reason and serves a different purpose, so it is going to sound very different. Think of the fact that different cultures speak different languages, music is a language, a voice, a form of communication. So wouldn’t it make sense that if people from different geographic regions figured out how to communicate through words in their own way, they would figure out how to communicate through music differently too. Lady Gaga in New York, in the United States will innately have different inspirations and reasons to want to create music than artist Hadag Nachash from Israel. It may be for some of the same reasons, but being from different geographic regions gives you a natural difference in your musical heritage. You have grown up listening to different things and learning different values. All of your life experiences go into the inspiration to create music so the from different backgrounds comes a different final product. Our wiki has given insight into different artists from different geographic regions and their inspirations; hopefully you can now see why music around the world is so diverse.

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